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Chain Lube Basics

By Sarah Bonner

Chain lube seems insignificant but it’s an important part of bicycle maintenance. Lubrication protects your chain from corrosion, keeps it clean, and will help prolong the life of your drive train. A properly lubricated chain also means less friction and easier pedalling! But before you buy and apply, make sure

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How to Change Brake Pads

By Sarah Bonner

Changing your brake pads is a quick and simple job that doesn’t require a bike shop.

You must change your brake pads when you have worn them down to the “limit line.” The “limit line” is indicated on each single brake pad and represents the minimum thickness required for safe usage. Brake

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Cycling Misadventures – C02 Cartridges

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

I’ve liked C02 cartridges ever since I was first introduced to them. At least I liked the idea of using them. Probably because I’ve never found a pump that actually worked well that was small enough to fit in my saddle bag. C02 cartridges are compact and effective—if you

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Getting a Grip on Bar Tape

By Sarah Bonner

From standard black and fluorescent pink to glow-in-the-dark, bar tape can be the finishing touch on your bike, but before you decide on style, make sure you also consider what bar tape is made of. Bar tape is primarily designed to give you more grip on the handlebars and to

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The Skinny on Cycling Tires

By Sarah Bonner

The metal wire, or “bead,” runs the circumference of the tire on either side and hooks on to the rim.Photo credit: conti-online.com

While roadies need slicks and mountain bikers need knobblies, there are only three main categories of cycling tires: clinchers, tubular, and tubeless. There are different options for

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How to Clean Your Bicycle

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Thanks to my dad, I learned about taking care of stuff at a young age. When I was a kid, once a week my dad used to line up all our shoes and polish them. I loved watching scuffed, dirty shoes transformed into shiny, clean ones. Caring for my shoes

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What Do You Carry in Your Saddle Bag?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

I’m one of those people who tend to think of worst-case scenarios. Before heading out on a bike ride I think of all the things that could go wrong. I’ve been trying to change that habit because it tends to make me a bit nervous. The only benefit I gain

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How to Fix a Dropped Bicycle Chain

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

When I first started road cycling I quickly found out how easy it is to drop the chain and end up at the side of the road with grease-covered hands. Unless you have a Grease Monkey wipe with you, it’s hard to get the grease off. The grease travels from

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What You Need to Know About Bicycle Maintenance

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

illustration by Emily Eschner

You don’t have to be a bicycle mechanic to have a smooth-running bike. Doing routine maintenance is easy, and it can save you money as well as extend the life of your bicycle. After all, road bikes are expensive and should be treated as an

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Don’t Wait for Spring: Get Tuned-up Now

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Last November I did something I’ve always wanted to do but have never made time for. I took my bike in for a spring tune-up. That’s right—at the end of the cycling season, not the beginning. Hey, it’s the easiest time to do it. I wasn’t using my bike. I

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Flat Tires: Another Lesson Learned (the hard way)

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

In the last six years I’ve only had two flats. That’s probably because I’m fanatical about checking my tires and keeping them pumped up and I’m lucky to have fairly good surfaces to ride on. The only downside is that there’s been plenty of time to forget how to fix

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Spring Tune-up

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Courtesy of Dick's Bicycle Repair Shop www.dicksbicyclerepairshop.com

Spring is in the air and you’re eagerly anticipating getting outside on your trusty steed. But before you do, there’s something you need to think about: a tune-up for your bike. Getting your bike tuned up each spring is a bit like

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Squeaky Rides

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

If you hear a high-pitched squeak, squeak, squeak from your bike as you ride down the road, it could be that your derailleur pulleys need lubricating (these are also known as jockey pulleys). Cycling in the fall can be wet and dirty and the pulleys, located close to the

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Solving the Mysteries of Bike Sizing

By Sheila Ascroft

How do you know what size of bike you need? Some bikes are measured in inches, others in centimetres. Why? Mountain bikes evolved in Californian the early ‘70s and so use the American-favoured inches. Road bikes on the other hand have a long European tradition and are always measured in

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How To Repair A Bicycle Tire

By Laurel-Lea Shannon If you cycle a lot chances are eventually you’re going to get a flat tire. What do you do when that happens? Well that depends. Do you carry a spare inner tube, or have a tire repair kit? Do you have tire levers in your saddle bag? Are you

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What Causes Pinch Flats?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

A pinch flat happens when you ride over an obstacle like railroad tracks or a pothole and the inner tube gets pinched by the rim of the wheel. The tire isn’t punctured the way it would be if you had ridden over a nail or glass. You can recognize a pinch flat

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Sheila Ascroft’s Bicycle Maintenance Check List

A bike only has a few basic parts and a finite number of problem areas. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can do some bicycle maintenance yourself. Here is a checklist to get you started:

Are there any strange noises when riding? Check all bolts and tighten

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Bike Fit 101

By Monika Blewett

Whether you’re planning to buy a new bike this year or getting your trusty steed ready for another great cycling season, proper bike fit is essential for comfort and to prevent injury.

First, make sure your bike shop has helped you select the correct frame size. After that, you can make several

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Bike Fix: Look, Listen and Feel (Podcast)

Look, Listen and Feel – Part 1

KT Misener tells you how to look and listen to your bike, so you know when it needs maintenance before a break down on the side of the road. Learn how to oil the chain, and how to do a safety check on your bike before

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Bike Fix: Tools to Take With You (Podcast)

In part 2 of this interview KT Misener discusses fixing flats, how to avoid costly tune-ups and what tools to carry with you when you ride.

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KT, a full time bike mechanic since 2000, is the co-owner of the Bloomfield Bicycle Company in beautiful Bloomfield, Prince

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How to Lubricate a Bicycle Chain

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Once you’ve cleaned your bicycle chain, lubricating it is easy. But there are a few tricks to doing it right:

Step One: Before lubricating your bicycle chain you must have the correct oil. Buy a lubricating oil that is made specifically for bicycle chains. Do not use WD-40 or all-purpose oils like

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How To Clean A Bicycle Chain

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Some years ago, when I was a beginner cyclist, I was in a bicycle shop having my road bike adjusted and asked the bike mechanic how often I should lubricate the chain. “Depends on how much you ride,” he said. “At least once a month. But you have to clean it first.

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Bike Fit for Women

by Jacqui Snyder

When you shop for a bike it is important to ensure you get a bicycle designed for a woman. Our bodies are a different shape than a man’s, plus we face different physical challenges. For efficiency and comfort, our equipment, clothing, riding and training techniques need to be different as well.

We

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Tips For Storing Your Bike For The Winter

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

When it comes to bike maintenance, there are two kinds of cyclists—those intimately acquainted with their bikes, who lovingly wash, lubricate and maintain their trusty steed throughout the cycling season—and the rest of us: cyclists who could change a flat tire in a pinch, but mostly consult a bike mechanic when our

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Why Buy a Woman-Specific Bike?

Every summer I see women on bikes that don’t fit them properly. Either they’re reaching too far for the handlebars, or they’re perched on a frame that’s so big you wonder how they get their feet to the ground without falling when they stop.

Last time I checked, women were shaped differently from men. We

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